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Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake

with Maple Pecan Topping

Posted on August 25, 2016

After making Homemade Lasagna, I found myself with a lot of leftover ricotta cheese. What better way to use up the extra ricotta than to make a Chocolate Cheesecake with  Maple Pecan Topping? Instead of my usual Cheesecake Recipe, I added ricotta for a more "Italian Style" cheesecake. Inspired by National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day on August 20th, I also added the crust from my Salted Maple Pecan Bars, as well as the topping. This cheesecake recipe has to be the richest one to date. 

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Planked S’mores

Planked S’mores

with Homemade Marshmallows

Posted on August 10, 2016
National S’mores Day occurs every 10th of August and this year we wanted to take part by making something extra special! Planked S’mores with Homemade Marshmallows! Homemade marshmallows are rich, fun, and surprisingly easy to make. Turning them into s’mores seemed like the logical next step. Making S’mores on the grill, even more so. Dazzle your friends, family, and guests with these sweet treats. It takes about 45 minutes to make the marshmallows themselves; the trick is having the patience to let them set. Once set, it’s the work of a moment to get these beauties grilling for an amazing dessert of ultra homemade S’mores.
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Homemade Smoked Corned Beef

Homemade Smoked Corned Beef

An Irish Grilling Recipe

Posted on March 17, 2016
This St. Patrick’s Day I decided to make Homemade Smoked Corned Beef after the wild success of the homemade bacon. A little research uncovered that Corned Beef, largely consumed on St. Patrick’s Day by people wanting to do the Irish thing, isn’t actually from Ireland. When the Irish immigrated to North America, they needed an inexpensive meat, and thanks to their Jewish neighbors, discovered the joys of brisket. Now you too can enjoy brisket that you have proudly turned into corned beef yourself! Trust me, it’s worth the wait. 
Posted in: Beef
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Chili Glazed Salmon

Chili Glazed Salmon

There's nothing fishy about this dish

Posted on December 09, 2015
Chili Glazed Salmon is sweet and caramelized, the perfectly grilled salmon, flaking easily when you touch it with a fork or tongs. Pair this with your favorite seasonal veggies for a quick and easy meal that will knock your tastebuds into next week. I threw together the glaze for a video shoot. I wanted to make the salmon look super succulent, and it totally worked. When I got home and served this for dinner on a bed of rice, with a little extra sauce, the husband was blown away. 
Posted in: Seafood
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Vanilla Bean Shortbread

Vanilla Bean Shortbread

On The Grill

Posted on December 09, 2015
It's the holiday season and you can't celebrate without making cookies. So for National Cookie Day I made Vanilla Bean Shortbread. First thing you should know is that these cookies do not do well if you make them with Gluten Free flour. They melt into unidentifiable (yet delicious) blobs. Okay back on track. You have to chill these cookies before you roll and cut them, that's part of the secret. And trust me, they are delicious when done. I love shortbread. 
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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

With Sugar Cookie Crust

Posted on November 19, 2015
**This recipe makes 2 pies!**

Thanksgiving and autumn are a time for cozy foods and pumpkin flavored everything. I will admit that I have never liked even the thought of something pumpkin flavored, however I thought that it was about time that I finally acquiesced and made something pumpkin. Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake With Sugar Cookie Crust was actually very good. I will admit to being skeptical, but it turned out that the taste reminded me of gingerbread for some reason. Anyway. Thanksgiving needs Pumpkin Pie, so here you go. Sort of.   
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Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts

With Cinnamon Sugar Dust

Posted on November 03, 2015
National Donut day is coming fast, and you can't celebrate without having donuts. As we're currently obsessed with Angry Orchard Apple Cider, Apple Cider Donuts seemed like the next, perfectly logical step. Like my first attempt at Homemade Donuts, I made these for us, and a couple friends, this time, there was only one left. 

These donuts are slightly cakey, but fried and crunchy on the outside with a light fluffy interior that reminds me of those tiny donuts that you get in the mall. You know the ones. I tossed them in a cinnamon and sugar mixture, mostly because I ran out of time to do a glaze, but it worked out really well, giving a little extra texture to these delicious donuts.

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Spicy Roasted Sweet Squash

Spicy Roasted Sweet Squash

Spicy Roasted Sweet Squash

Posted on October 06, 2015
Spicy Roasted Sweet Squash is a fun and easy way to get your veggies in. The perfect autumn side dish that goes great with turkey or beef, or... well it goes with everything. This is my first time eating the Kabocha or Sweet Mama Squash. It's texture is like a potato slightly waxy, soft, and after getting kissed by smoke and roasting on the barbecue, it's sooooo sweet. Not like sugar sweet, but a lightly flavored sweet. 

 

If you're inexperienced with hard veggies, this one is HARD. Physically. You will need a good meat cleaver kind of knife, something that will get through a turnip or pumpkin. Thank goodness my husband was helping. He actually had a blast breaking through the gourd. And he used my avocado tool to scoop out the innards in a single swipe! Once sliced it's an easy season, and bake. 

Posted in: Veggie & Fruit
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Candied Pecan Banana Bread

Candied Pecan Banana Bread

A Most Versatile Quick Bread

Posted on May 27, 2015
I needed something to serve to guests on a Sunday evening, and I also needed a nutritious breakfast for the next day. So I decided to make some Candied Pecan Banana Bread. This quick bread recipe is not only moist and tasty as any banana bread should be, but it's actually full of things that are pretty good for you too. I used gluten free flour and you couldn't tell the difference, which is rare, and the candied nut topping gave you a satisfying crunch to top it all off. You'd never guess that this was made on the grill. Oh, did I mention that it's also versatile as heck too? You can throw it in a loaf pan for quick bread, muffin tins, mini loaves - which make fantastic little gifts, and even a cake pan if you wanted. You just have to remember to watch that baking time. 
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Whole Wheat Grilled Carrot Cake

Whole Wheat Grilled Carrot Cake

With Homemade Cream Cheese Icing

Posted on January 07, 2015
Whole Wheat Grilled Carrot Cake With Homemade Cream Cheese Icing is a dense and delicious cake that I made for my Mother's birthday. It looks beautiful, and tastes great! Topped with tart cranberries and pecans, it tastes as good as it looks, and you make it on the grill!
Posted in: Veggie & Fruit
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